Unauthored disclosure, in the context of information necessary to preserve and maintain a country's national security -- often refered to in the vernacular as a leak -- is obviously a matter of deep concern.
Unauthorized disclosures of confidential and/or secret information have led to full-blown scandal in the White House. In the Watergate case, someone codenamed Deep Throat revealed details of a White House coverup by President Richard M. Nixon and staff co-conspirators.
Related SourceWatch Resources
- Jim Geraghty, A Brief History of Classified Leaks. No public official has leaked a CIA employee's identity since...oh, 1995 or so, NationalReview.com, October 1, 2003.
- William Safire, Who's Shallow Throat?, New York Times, October 6, 2003.